The Conservation Council ACT Region has reached the end of a very busy and productive 2018. To wrap things up nicely, here’s a recap of our achievements in 2018 and a sneak peek of what’s in store for 2019.
Looking back on 2018
We have been able to achieve big for the environment in a tough year:
- We contributed to the successful nomination of removal of mature native trees as a key threatening process under the Nature Conservation Act 2014. This is the first threatening process listed under the Act and will bring better protection of these important trees and allow more seedlings to grow to replace them.
- We saw our ACT zero net emissions target reduced to 2045 – and now we are on our way to becoming the clean energy capital.
- We gained a further commitment that central Molonglo remains protected from future urban development.
- We welcomed new environment groups to our ever growing network, with thousands of supporters like you protecting our environment.
- Our office was the hub for rallies and causes such as the School Strike for Climate, Artivists and other environmental groups in Canberra.
- We engaged and empowered hundreds of people to engage with our environment and live more sustainably through sharing resources, news and events.
- We continue to be active in national campaigns to protect national environmental laws and end fossil fuel subsidies – we work with national groups and other Conservation Councils to ensure the ACT has a voice on the national agenda.
- We met with Ministers, government officials, held information forums, had fun bringing together the conservation community at our events and wrote submissions on everything from city plans and cat containment, to landscape scale environmental assessments, offsets and more!
What’s in store for 2019
The Conservation Council Environment Exchange is back in 2019! Starting in February, we will be running a monthly forum to bring together the Canberra community to discuss a particular environmental issue. Each event has a theme and one or more speakers sharing their stories to start productive discussions to create a more sustainable world. Our first Environment Exchange in February will explore the ‘gas issue’ in the ACT and beyond. Take a look at our 2019 Half Yearly Program.
The Conservation Council is running Heritage Walks as part of the 2019 ACT Heritage Festival. This program involves guided walks at Red Hill, Kama Reserve, Mulligans Flat and Kinlyside Reserve during April 2019.
Save the date: 2019 World Environment Day Dinner
Saturday 01 June 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm, National Museum of Australia
The theme for the 2019 World Environment Day Dinner is Optimism and Defiance and our guest speaker is Dr Bob Brown. World Environment Day Dinner is our annual fundraising event and 2019 is a particularly significant year for the environment. Join us to celebrate Canberra’s environment community!
Registrations will open in February 2019 so stay tuned for more details.
That about wraps it up – happy holidays!
We would like to thank you all for supporting the Conservation Council ACT Region and wish you all a merry and sustainable Christmas and a happy new year!
Looking forward to 2019, we need your ongoing support to ensure we can continue to protect our endangered woodlands and keep on being a strong voice for climate action.